Tag Archives: Dyspnea

Diastolic heart failure – Part 2 – goals of treatment


By Julian Booker, MD Your wife finally convinces you to go see your doctor because the two months of worsening shortness of breath is not getting better and seems to be getting worse. The doctor walks into the room where … Continue reading

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Chest Pain – Part 2 – more chest pains


By Julian Booker, MD When we last spoke, we were discussing angina. We now know what it usually feels like and what it usually means. But there are many other reason to have chest pain, some dangerous and some not. We … Continue reading

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Chest Pain – Part 1 – angina


By Julian Booker, MD Chest pain is one of the most frightening symptoms that a person can experience. The problem is that not all chest pain is dangerous and not all chest pains are created equal. Some chest pain such … Continue reading

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PFO anyone?


By Julian Booker, MD Help!! It’s an emergency!! I have a hole in my heart!! My last doctor performed an echocardiogram and told me I have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). What does this mean? More importantly, what does this … Continue reading

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It has been a year since my last visit. Don’t I need another echo?


By Julian Booker, MD The first thing that must be stated about the echocardiography appropriate use guidelines is that they are just that…guidelines. They are designed to provide direction but still be vague enough to allow flexibility in their interpretation … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 4, Introduction to Mitral Regurgitation: The Leaky Mitral Valve


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD So far we have discussed what mitral valve prolapse is, and what causes it. If you have not read the previous sections yet, then I suggest you go read those first to have a basic … Continue reading

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